Lights, Camera, Action: The Best Movie Theaters in Portland for Kids
Looking for a rainy-day activity that’s exciting and out of the norm? Think outside the arts and crafts box and head to a local, kid-friendly theater that caters to families. We’ve rounded up several places to catch a flick when in Portland. And the ticket prices are a throwback to yesteryear, which is always key in the event your baby or tot has other plans and you don’t make it through the entire movie. Read on for great theater-going experiences including sing-alongs and movie houses that offer to babysit while you view a film sans babe!
The Academy Theater
Babysitting, a play loft, and after school matinees? No, you’re not dreaming… you’re headed into The Academy Theater. Our top pick for best kid-friendly movie theater in Portland makes parents’ lives so much easier when it comes to movie-going! They go above and beyond “mommy matinees” by offering to babysit your child in their play loft, while you watch a movie and unwind. Note: Babysitting is available for children ages six months to eight years Thursday through Sunday for shows starting before 8pm. Cost is $7.50 per child. No drop-ins. Call (503) 252-1705 to reserve a spot. And save time by filling out the Babysitting Release form before you arrive. If your school-aged kid is a movie buff in the making, treat him to an “all-ages” after school matinee, which shows daily at 4:30pm. The Academy also offers double-feature Mondays, wherein kids can see two films for $4 and Two for Tuesdays, buy one ticket, get one free. Bonus: (as if you needed one), this theater is beautiful in ambiance and serves yummy food including Flying Pie pizza by the slice!
7818 SE Stark Street
Portland, Or 97215
Take in a feature while relaxing on a comfy old sofa or overstuffed armchair at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater. This location offers Mommy Matinees Tuesday through Thursday at the first showing of the day. Films range from rated G to R, and parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to bring babies, and no one will make a fuss if your baby does! Also offered are Family Matinees from Friday through Monday at the first two showings. These films are kid-rated and appropriate for young children. You can’t beat the ticket prices either: $3 for adults, $1 for 11 and under, Free, 2 years old and under.
5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue
Portland, Or 97211
Aptly named for a movie house, Hollywood Theater offers up lots of cinematic fun for families. Their Family Pictures monthly series starts up again in February. Younguns and parents may enjoy classic kid’s movies on the big screen on Saturday and Sunday afternoons — and tickets are only $5. And don’t miss the theater’s music video Sing-Alongs, where families can belt out tunes while legends such as Michael Jackson are projected onto the movie screen. Expect plenty of singing, dancing and ‘fist-pumping’ in the aisles. Dressing up is encouraged. So check the schedule for the theme of the sing-along and show up ready to perform! Adult tickets: $7, Kids $5.
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, Or 97212
At Laurelhurst Theater, children under age 12 can catch a kid’s matinee for the bargain price of just $2 (adult tickets are $3 for shows before 6pm). Kid-friendly movie showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. An added bonus is that there are only five minutes of previews, and no commercials shown before the film. Check the theater’s schedule ahead of time to make sure a kid’s show is playing on the day you’d like to catch a flick.
2735 East Burnside Street
Locals rave about the Family Matinees at Valley Theater, and all shows at all times boast the great bargain admission price of $4. Check them out for your next date night (after 8pm no one under 21 is allowed) for drinks and a movie (how relaxing!) with your partner. Best of both worlds – family friendly during the day and grown-up friendly after the kids go to bed!
9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Or 97005
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